Usually, the RIAA kicks things off, threatening Vivendi Universal, EMI, Warner Music and Sony Music ‘consumers’ with dire consequences if they don’t buy corporate ‘product’.
But this year, Disney, News Corp, Time Warner, Viacom, NBC Universal and Sony Pictures are joining in the Christmas fun.
And so are US immigration and customs enforcement (ICE) assistant secretary John Morton, assistant attorney general Lanny Breuer and “other federal officials” from the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center, says the RIAA.
BUT! —- no worries.
The MPAA and RIAA are on hand.
“Working together with ICE and the IPR Center, key federal law enforcement agencies and the entertainment industry have struck a real blow to the illegal trafficking of pirated and counterfeit goods during the important holiday season,” says the RIAA’s Mitch ‘The Don’ Bainwol. “It’s unfortunately an often lucrative ‘business’ that is the breeding ground for other dangerous criminal activity and it undermines our ability to invest in the new bands of tomorrow. It also takes money directly out of the pocket of working musicians, songwriters and many others who work countless hours to create great music and bring it to the public. We’re grateful for the hard work and dedication of ICE agents we worked closely with on this important initiative.”
Says the MPAA’s Dan ‘The Joker’ Glickman, each ‘pirated’ DVD “represents a theft, not just from the motion picture studios, but from the hard earned wages of these men and women working in all 50 states of our union. In these difficult economic times, that is a price our workers, our industry, and indeed, our nation cannot afford. So we applaud the law enforcement agencies here today for their commitment and dedication to our common struggle.”
Maybe Bainwol (left) and Glickman can chip in to help all those starving workers!
“Want to know how much RIAA spin doctor in chief Mitch Bainwol pulled down as principal front man for Warner Music, EMI, Vivendi Universal and Sony BMG in their grim and relentless pursuit of their own customers, whom they call criminals and thieves? – p2pnet asked last year, going on
Bainwol raked in $1,472,944 in 2006.
But for 2008, the figure need to be adjusted —- upwards —- says The Patry Copyright Blog, quoting DC political magazine National Journal.
It doesn’t say what RIAA president Sherman ‘earned,’ but it’s probably significantly more than Bainwol.
After all. chairpersons come and go but …………….
So what about Glickman?
He hauled in $1,280,000, plus another $32,800 in other benefits and allowances, says the story .
And you can bet their salaries have gone up since then.
Meanwhile, over the holiday season, avoid anything and everything to do with the studios and labels like the plague.
Want to see a movie? Support your local retailer, not Hollywood. Rent one, or go to the library.
Ditto with music, and if you’re not sure what not to buy, RIAAradar.com will be able to help. Use it to instantly tell if an album was released by an RIAA member.
Ho Ho Ho!
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win ~ Mahatma Gandhi
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